“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

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I'm Ashley. I'm a wine drinker, bookworm, and expat in Africa. Since college I've au paired in Paris, backpacked Europe, Asia, and India for a year, and lived in Colorado. Read more on my About Me page.

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Visiting the Lake District: England's Most Beautiful National Park

Over the years, I've traveled a lot of England. But out of everywhere I've been in England, no place is as beautiful as the Lake District. But what is the Lake District, you may be wondering? The Lake District, or the Lakes, is a mountainous national park in Northwest...

15 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit the Peak District

While in the north of England, I knew I had to visit the fabled Peak District. I was staying in Manchester with a friend, and considering the Peaks are only thirty minutes from Manchester, it's an easy day trip. The Peak District made me feel like I was inside of a...

Want to improve your vocabulary? Start a wordboard

This will probably come as no surprise given how much I read, but I love words. I love reading any words that are beautifully strung together, whether it's in the form of poetry or foreign languages or rap music. Hearing an articulate person speak is like music to me,...

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Musings

Practicing Gratitude Wherever You Go

I've been back from Asia for a month now, living at my parent's house in Michigan. I am by far the happiest I've ever been at home. Readjusting last time after a long spell abroad was more difficult- I felt listless, bored and irritated with the return of bad habits...

A Big 2014: Goals for the New Year

Wow, 2013. What a year. To be honest this resolution post has changed so many times I wasn't even sure I should publish it. So many things I thought I wanted to achieve: becoming a certified translator, attaining professional fluency in French, moving to San...

What I Miss (and Don't Miss) about Living in France

Ah, France. The country that I called home for nearly a year. The land I tearfully left almost four months ago. There was so much about living in France that was lovely; I particularly miss all the French goodies that are difficult to procure here in Asia, like wine,...